While the London riots have certainly dominated the news this week, there's been plenty of other tech issues to get our readers riled up, including the news that Samsung has been ordered to stop selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet PC following a temporary injunction gained by Apple. Here's our five most-commented stories of the week.
Hackers threaten BlackBerry over London riot pledge
Inside BlackBerry, the official BlackBerry Blog, was targeted by hackers this week in what appeared to be retaliation for RIM revealing it will "assist the authorities" in tracking down rioters that have spread violence across the UK over the past three days.
"You Will _NOT_ assist the UK Police because if u do innocent members of the public who were at the wrong place at the wrong time and owned a blackberry will get charged for no reason at all," a rogue post to the blog said.
GALLEYSLAVE said RIM should simply "Cancel the guilty parties service! SIMPLES!!!!" while Baggsie believes while the riots are in progress "the police should be allowed to monitor and if necessary close down any of the social networks in order to prevent these civil disturbances from spreading".
London riots blamed on video games
One of the most commented stories was about an unnamed policeman who laid the blame for the London riots very firmly at the feet of violent, crime-related video games.
Quoted in the London Evening Standard the police constable advised residents, said: "These are bad people who did this. Kids out of control. When I was young it was all Pacman and board games. Now they're playing Grand Theft Auto and want to live it for themselves".
Lurker said "So I wonder what caused the Brixton riots of 1985, and many other riots previously. Pac-man, presumably?".
Saknama69 added: "I've been playing video games my entire life - 36 yrs. I've never committed a crime and am a contributing member of society. This idiot believes that I'm merely on the brink of committing vicious crimes because it would be FUN!?
If this theory were true, why aren't the 100's of MILLIONS of gamers out there committing such acts right now?"
Anonymous plans to 'kill Facebook'
Hacking group Anonymous announced its plans to "kill Facebook" on November 5.
The group of hackers, which has previously attacked the Serious Organised Crime Agency's (SOCA) website, claims the social network has been selling information about its users to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms "so they can spy on people from all around the world. Furthermore, Anonymous claims some of these security firms are "working for authoritarian governments, such as those of Egypt and Syria".
Wael_tawfek believes Anonymous made the revelation in a bid to make Facebook changes its security policies "I agree with them," he said.
However, sirjohng revealed he doesn't use the social network for the same reasons Anonymous cited. "They seem to know more than the government about members and that is saying something."
OnLive cloud-based gaming system to hit UK on September 22
OnLive, the cloud-based gaming service that is already available in the US, announced it will hit the UK on September 22. The gaming service can be accessed via a PC, Mac, iPad or Android tablet with internet access and allows users to play well-known titles such as Assassin's Creed and Lego Batman without the need for a console or to download the game first. Furthermore, the service also offers a set-top box and controller that can be plugged into HD TV and broadband connection to offer the same experience.
But anymus believes it "won't be massive" as "it's still to expensive for what it is".
Samsung ordered to stop selling Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Europe
Samsung was been ordered to stop selling the latest iteration of its tablet PC, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, in Europe this week after Apple obtained a temporary injunction. The tablet PC, which went on sale in the UK last week, will now be removed from shelves in countries across the EU except the Netherlands. The Regional Court of Dusseldorf granted the preliminary injunction after Apple claimed the tablet PCs infringes Apple patents for the iPad and the iPhone. In particular, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a similar size to Apple's iPad 2 and is slightly thinner than Apple's tablet PC.
Smartdave said: "Archos bring out the 101, then Apple copy it, then Viewsonic copy it, then Samsung, Acer and Asus, and many others jump on the bandwagon. I think Archos should get an injunction against Apple. Oh no wait, they do not have enough money to bribe German Courts!"